The Falcon Flies Alone

Written by Gabrielle Matthieu
Review by Christoph Fischer

For me this was a surprisingly addictive read. At first I didn’t understand the relevance of a setting in the Swiss mountains of 1957 in what seemed almost a contemporary psychological thriller. As often happens with historical novels set in the more recent past, the placing can feel too familiar. I also didn’t find the cover inspiring. Yet, having said all that, the intrigue regarding the fragmented memory of our heroine, Peppa Mueller, kept me reading and even the fantasy elements (not really my taste) didn’t stop me.

The suspense is well paced throughout and the plot is clever and rewarding. There are some good historical insights and the author has found an impressed reader in me.